#Review (by Lou)- Even More Trueman And Riley by Brian B. Thompson, @brianbthompson Starring @RobertDaws and #DuncanPreston #Audible #CrimeFiction #TruemanRiley

Trueman & Riley
Starring Robert Daws and Duncan Preston

Created by Brian B. Thompson

I started listening to Trueman & Riley during lockdown 1 and now getting back to it in lockdown 3, in between work. I’ve been savouring it because it is such a fantastically entertaining series, first created for the BBC, with a sensational cast, that can be listened to on Audible.

Written by BAFTA-winning dramatist Brian B. Thompson, this smart, entertaining crime drama stars Robert Daws as Trueman and Duncan Preston as Riley. Written by Brian B. Thompson. Produced and directed by Toby Swift and Jenny Stevens.

Links to previous episode review Chapters 1 – 5             Chapters 7-10

Below is episodes 11-14 reviews and with just a few more to listen to, it’ll be my weekend treat.

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Chapter 11

A Man’s World – Back in the office  after a stint in the Student Crime Prevention Team, they back on the front line are on the case of thefts from pregnant women. Eileen Hayes is one of the midwives on duty as the local hospital is under scrutiny, where the crimes are committed.
There is interesting attitudes and points made about equality within employment. It cleverly puts a new slant on things and still most pertinent and an angle rarely talked about, making A Man’s World, not as predictable as listeners would think. There is quite a mammoth twist within this tale.
There are secrets in the midst with one of the women. Listen to find out who is telling the truth in this gripping episode.

Chapter 12

The Other Sheik This is a different start. There is a chase from the beginning for a potential perpetrator. A woman runs a lingerie shop on her own and it’s quite humorous in how she sees Trueman as she is being asked about what happened. It weaves in elements of the topic of objectification. There are some double-entendres and enough to make Trueman, perhaps hot under the collar, or squirm.
There are fires amongst lingeries shops and listeners can find out if or what the connection is and there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Chapter 13

Love Bites  banker boyfriend reports his 32 year old girlfriend missing. The case involves the real world and the virtual one and how people spend money in certain virtual games. The denials and the truth of Trueman and Riley and their thoughts on the virtual reality game is fun as is  how they create and use their avatar selves. It is fun how they use this to help solve the case.

Chapter 14

Every Dog Has It’s Day causes much excitement when the phone rings to report a murder case. It is not what they expect, which makes it funnier, but got to feel sorry for Trueman and Riley. Got to feel sorry for the victim and the brutal killing it endured. It isn’t their usual sort of case, to say the least and Riley wouldn’t mind being in with a person who is attached to the victim, despite not really being a match and Trueman trying to steer him into the mindset of the case, instead of women, or one woman who just happens to be divorced, but one with quite a history attached to her and she isn’t all as sweet as she may first seem. There’s also that age old thing of how married people behave with their husbands when a single person is around.
There’s some quips from Riley back to Trueman too.

Snakes and Ladders (Knight And Culverhouse series) by Adam Croft @adamcroft #BookReview by Lou #CrimeFiction #KnightCulverhouse

Snakes and Ladders
By Adam Croft
Rated: 5 stars *****

It is always a pleasure to find in my inbox, an invitation to review a book by Adam Croft, and that anticipation to see if it is as good as the last. This one certainly is. It is a great read with atmosphere and points for readers to ponder over at the side of it. Snakes and Ladders is, more than just a board game, it is now the hotly aniticipated title of book 10 in the Knight & Culverhouse series, but definitely can be read as stand alone or as part of the series.
Read further to discover more about this sinister book and my review.
Thanks to Joanne and Adam Croft for inviting me to review.

Snakes and Ladders

Blurb

A body lies amongst the undergrowth in Mildenheath Woods. His hands are bound behind his back, and he’s been killed execution-style.

But the victim isn’t a gangland kingpin: he’s a well-liked young man, never in any trouble, who had his whole life ahead of him.

But as Jack Culverhouse and Wendy Knight begin to dig deeper into what happened, a shocking new truth comes to light. Was the victim quite as innocent as he seemed?

Snakes and Ladders

Review

Maisie Daniels makes a great point about social media to begin with, which is pertinent and catches the attention fast!
In a wonderful, texturised opening chapter sets the story well. Culverhouse and Knight are then onto a case of a discovered body and all becomes rather mysterious as personalities don’t really fit into a neat box of what happened.
The book is rather vivid and is great for the senses to bring readers into the woods.

There are drugs and a murder and Jack Culverhouse has rather a lot to contend with including in his increasingly tangled personal life and working out how to best ensure Emily is okay.
Interestingly, there  is an insight into how experienced he is in policing and the way it is done is brought into the body of the story which is illuminating into what knowledge he has to be able to cast predictions on what briefs may say and how to enter different situations with a clear decision on what technique to use.
There are complications within dynamics and suspicions and it is intriguing to see who is actually trustworthy.

There are some rather blunt and yet, well considered and entirely valid comments on social media that are made within Snakes and Ladders, which I am pretty sure readers will see as giving food for thought. There is also almost a celebration in a way of pubs, in a way that makes them sound interesting places and have so much purpose as Jack Culverhouse has a few reasons for popping into one.
There are eloquent turns of phrases that are used, which adds to the gravity of certain situations and their enormity, especially near the end.

About the Author

Adam CroftWith more than half a million books sold to date, Adam Croft is one of the most successful independently published authors in the world, and one of the biggest selling authors of the past year.

Following his 2015 worldwide bestseller Her Last Tomorrow, his psychological thrillers were bought by Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. Prior to the Amazon deal, Her Last Tomorrow sold more than 150,000 copies across all platforms and became one of the bestselling books of the year, reaching the top 10 in the overall Amazon Kindle chart and peaking at number 12 in the combined paperback fiction and non-fiction chart.

His Knight & Culverhouse crime thriller series has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide, with his Kempston Hardwick mystery books being adapted as audio plays starring some of the biggest names in British TV.

In 2016, the Knight & Culverhouse Box Set reached number 1 in Canada, knocking J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child off the top spot only weeks after Her Last Tomorrow was also number 1 in Canada.

During the summer of 2016, two of Adam’s books hit the USA Today bestseller list only weeks apart, making them two of the most-purchased books in the United States over the summer.

Before writing full time, Adam had previously worked as an internet marketing consultant, delivery driver and professional actor.

Adam has been featured on BBC Radio, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Bookseller and a number of other news and media outlets.

The Midas Cat 3 – A Midas Cat in New York by Tommy Ellis @TommyEllis14 #BookreviewbyLou #Fiction #CrimeFiction #Cats

The Midas Cat 3
A Midas Cat in New York
By Tommy Ellis
Rated: 4 stars ****

A Midas Cat in a very human world, snow and a touch of Christmas in New York is the treat in store, there is also some heavy crime with the mafia, which also awaits, through the dark with rays of brightness within it.

Thanks to Tommy Ellis for being in contact to review and for sending me over a PDF copy.

The Midas Cat In New York Cover

Blurb

It’s December, and Ralph Williams is in New York for some retail therapy having been deeclared both sane and innocent of murder. A case of mistaken identity, however soon ruins his festive mood and puts him on the mafia’s hit list… and the triads’. Just when he thought things were as bad as they could get. the midas cat shows up and messes not only with his sadity but organised crime… with unexpected results.

Review

Christmas in New York sounds wonderful and that’s where Ralph is spending it, whilst his cousin is locked away in a cell and his wife, Lauren is elsewhere. So, it’s The Big Apple all alone for Ralph, but he has won an amazing prize, but something unexpected, even for the U.S. happens.

Cat (The Midas Cat) is also in NYC and adores the city. The book continues from the previous books and still has that quality of creating a cat to be one of the main characters and almost human-like and still likes Adam Ant and still has a bit of a humanistic quality, which makes it quirky but fun. It is also fast paced and captures imagination well.

There is a mix of the brightness of Christmas cheer, (there could have been a bit more) and the darker culture that is within the U.S, but there are glimpses of some humour within it, which mostly comes from the cat and reactions towards it. The book, however, feels a bit darker than the books previous to this one, with a bit more of the Mafia and characters such as Don Vincenzo.

The book takes readers right up to and includes Christmas Eve with a surprising ending, that is worth waiting for.

The Angel of Whitehall by Lewis Hastings @istheauthor @HobeckBooks #Thriller #Bookreview by Lou

The Angel of Whitehall
By Lewis Hastings
Rated: 4 stars ****

Lewis Hastings, an author I had not heard of before until he started following me on Twitter and then Hobeck Books, wonderfully asked me for feedback on his book for them and the Lewis. I must say, he is an author to watch out for. He has books out already and The Angel of WhiteHall is his latest.
Take a look further for the blurb and the review to whet your appetite for Jack Cade. Buy links are included below.

The Image of Whitehall

Blurb

Jack Cade returns in this explosive thriller by Lewis Hastings, author of The Seventh Wave trilogy.

Twelve women hunted by a deadly enemy

A young African woman’s body is found slumped in a London side street. Her stomach slashed open, a single diamond hiding within.

A shameful secret that must remain hidden

An elderly sailor with just weeks to live harbours a dark secret that he has to share before he dies. The only problem. His memory is failing through dementia.

What’s the connection?

Former British police officer Jack Cade is the only man who can help unravel the mystery. Piecing together the fragments of information that the old man’s fragile memory reveals, Cade unearths a people trafficking conspiracy with links to the heart of the British Establishment.

They want his source silenced. Cade is the only person who can protect him. But who can Cade trust?

The Angel of Whitehall is the fourth brilliant Jack Cade thriller by bestselling author, Lewis Hastings.

Review

From the first few pages, I was hooked. It has a certain rhythm, within the writing of the book, which creates a certain, strong, almost heavy atmosphere. This isn’t to say it is a heavy read, it certainly is far from that, it’s an atmosphere and pace that keeps intrigue and the need to know more, going.

Jack Cade is the main character and is rather enjoyable to read about and the capturing of historical years and modern times is succinct and so easy to follow and seems necessary in this book to tell a complete story. The capturing of the historical years is done so well and eases readers into them, without it sounding textbook like in nature, but gives just enough for a basis of understanding.

There is a definite strength in creating a deep, almost heavy atmosphere. Mixing fact and fiction in a creative, yet informative way throughout was done in such a way that kept me reading as it weaved the plot together to create intrigue. It really captured the historical and the modern times so they flow together very well.

By the end I was left feeling very satisfied and making me realise that Lewis Hastings has a lot to give and is an author to watch out for and indeed you can find his books on Amazon and on the Hobeck Books website in their shop.

Buy Links:           Hobeck                Amazon

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper @catherinecooper @HarperCollinsUK #Thriller

The Chalet
By Catherine Cooper
Rated: 4 stars ****

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper is delightfully done with an exquisite landscape, but with an underlying darkness full of secrets. I bought this after eyeing it up for quite some time. It was worth taking a chance on and I thought I would write a review on this Sunday TImes Bestseller.

Follow through to find out more below, including my review.

About the Author

Catherine Cooper is a journalist specialising in travel, hotels and skiing, who writes regularly for the Telegraph and the Guardian amongst others. She lives near the Pyrenees in the South of France with her husband and two teenage children, and is a keen skier. The Chalet is her debut novel.

The Chalet

Blurb

The Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller

Four friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder.

French Alps, 1998

Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later

Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

An exciting new debut for anyone who loves Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and C.L. Taylor

Review

The Chalet, published late 2020, actually takes place in December 1998, La Madiere, France and has an exquisite cover that is most divine and says so much about the world readers will enter into.

The atmosphere between the characters is that of which picques interest. One who is a visitor and feels entitled and the other who lives there, on the ski resort. This sets the scene for time moving onto January 2020. The Chalet sounds lucious and a place for decadence with champagne flowing and being quaffed. Readers meet Ria, Millie, Hugo and Matt amongst other characters, and it is the perfect wintry read as the Chalet has a roaring fire going. Don’t get too cosy though as there are secrets to be revealed and important newspaper cuttings to be found. The murder and use of interviews and newspaper cuttings cut through the cosyness of this elite group of people quite well.

There are many characters, but they are skillfully handled, so readers won’t get so confused, one a bit later on, is, Louisa, formally, Louise (that’s what her Oxford education has done for her). The pretentiousness within some of the characters, suits the style of the book perfectly.
On one hand it is an exquisite look at how the other half lives and on the other, shows that certain mannerisms go across all “classes” of people. On another it is a twisty murder mystery.
There are many interesting observations within the book, which adds depth and lets readers get under the skin a little and also into their “world” in a chalet to die for!

Things become even more mysterious in part 3 and there is a very good twist at the end.

Hunted By Antony Dunford – #Review by Lou @antony_dunford @HobeckBooks #Thriller

Hunted
By Antony Dunford
Rated: 5 Stars *****

I waited awhile for Hunted and was excited that for Christmas, Hobeck Books emailed a copy and I wasn’t disappointed… Thank you!
On the backdrop of wild animals, there is a terrific thriller to be had.
Find out more about the author, the blurb and my review below.

Hunted

Blurb

Once a member of the world’s first all-female special forces unit, the Norwegian Hunter Troop, 

Jane Haven is now helping her brother Kennet protect some of the world’s most endangered animals at his Kenyan Wildlife Conservancy.

Heavily armed poachers pose a deadly threat to humans and animals alike, and when her brother dies suddenly, Jane vows to protect his legacy against the threats circling the Bandari reservation.

With rhino horn worth more than diamonds – those threats keep on coming – until Jane finds she’s the one being hunted … 

Hunted is a thrilling adventure that transports the reader into the savage beauty of the African bush. Antony Dunford captures the majesty of Kenya’s wildlife, and in Jane Haven, he’s created a modern kick-ass heroine for the Extinction Rebellion generation.

Review

This is a fabulous book with bite in such an exciting setting, which in turn brings a great paced thriller. Festo, Douglas, Jane and Tony are on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya,  amongst the wild animals, such as rhinos and Zebras amongst other animals and birds across the Savannah. It’s a spectacular landscape to behold in the mind’s-eye. It is exquisite in depiction of African wilderness and is quite irresistible and enchanting, yet endangered due to poachers and there’s a peculiar omen featuring an owl. All of which would draw any reader in and by the second chapter, there’s even more action.
Murder is never pretty, and this one definitely is not and the hunt is on in what becomes a fast-paced thriller, which becomes about humans and animals in danger. As much as there is this, there is a beautiful richness to the story and it is all encompassing and absorbing as Africa wraps around you. The theories are interesting with the dynamics at play in characters and landscape adding depth to the story.

The book later moves to Nairobi, Lang’ata Maximum Security Prison. It sends a slight shiver down the spine in the way it is described and then you get to know a bit about the activities that are within it and some of the prisoners. It gets more intriguing still and before you know it, the book has come to and end! It’s a very good end in finding out the culprit and also, like throughout, such a nod to conservation and the stark need for it, to protect what is left in the natural world and all done in a none preachy way and all within a fantastic fast-paced thriller with a great heroine.

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